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Nelson Mandela Comic Book In The Works


Cool! If there's one person whose story deserves the comic book treatment, it's Nelson Mandela's :o) He's certainly a different kind of superhero!

But seriously, the man's life story should be made available in every freaking format possible! Books, audiotapes, music, comic books, images, stage, film, etc... I'm surprised that I've yet to see a really solid film about Mandela's life. There've been a few attempts, but nothing memorable at all, and I think that's unfortunate.


Clint Eastwood is said to be in pre-production for a film called, The Human Factor, a story about Mandela's life post-apartheid, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, although from the little I've read about it, I'm getting a Last King Of Scotland kind of vibe from it. If you've seen that film, you'll know what I'm mean.

The most prominent was the 1987 film, Mandela, starring Danny Glover, but that was a made-for-tv movie! Mandela deserves grand celluloid treatment, and I can't say that anyone has done that... yet. What's the hold-up? Maybe the fear is that it just won't produce big box office. Why else?

According to EURweb, a biographical comic book is set to be created in honor of Nelson Mandela in commemoration of his 90th birthday. The comic book will be feature interviews, archived material and illustrations by young black artists as it follow's Mandela's life story, and will be published in July of 2009.

With the current onslaught of comic book adaptations by the studios, maybe the Mandela comic book will show up on someone's radar eventually, after they've run out of all the other titles :o)


SOURCE: MANDELA COMIC BOOK

1 comments:

  1. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    Starring Morgan Freeman (as Mandela, presumably) and Matt Damon as the young white dude with unparralled access to Mandela and whose story the film will actually be about.

    I didn't see Last King of Scotland but I'm guessing that's the vibe you're talking about.

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